Liverpool will not sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona this summer, Jurgen Klopp insists.
The Brazilian playmaker has been heavily linked with a switch to the Nou Camp this summer, with reports in Spain suggesting a fee of £76million had even been quoted.
Liverpool however have no intention of letting the playmaker leave Anfield with Klopp joking that Coutinho has a £400m release clause in a sign of how highly he rates the player.
‘When did he sign his new contract?’ asked Klopp in response to questions about Coutinho’s future. When told it was January, the German added: ‘With a £400 million clause!’
He continued: ‘There are absolutely no plans [to sell him]. What our owners say is there is the absolute opportunity not to sell anybody if we do not want to. That means we can bring in others players, and it is a good situation. We have a stable squad with a good basis.
‘We want to bring a few in with fresh blood but nobody will leave us without our say so I am completely relaxed about this.’
Coutinho’s 2016/17 season
- 29 appearances
- 10 goals
- 6 assists
- 2 goals from free-kicks
- 4 big chances missed
- 34% shooting accuracy
Despite Klopp’s assertion Liverpool fans will be aware that the lure of Barcelona is very strong, as they found out when Luis Suarez quit Anfield to join them in 2014.